The top 5 remained still, with both LSU and Alabama not playing, ready for the no.1 vs no.2 SEC power display. Stanford with a big win over USC, Oklahoma State, Boise State and Houston remained undefeated. Houston also didn’t lose and are the only Texas school in the Top 25, as A&M and Tech dropped after losses.
1. LSU Tigers, 8-0 (47 First Place Votes) – Didn’t play. Didn’t move.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide, 8-0 (10) – Didn’t play, Didn’t move.
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 8-0 – Another week at number 3 for the Cowboys after a 59-24 win over Baylor, with Joseph Randle running for 152 yards and four touchdown passes.
4. Stanford Cardinal, 8-0 – A huge 56-48 triple over time win at USC, led by noneother than Andrew Luck kept Stanford at no. 4.
5. Boise State, 7-0 (1) – Didn’t play, didn’t move.
6. Oregon Ducks, 7-1 – Oregon beat Washington State 43-28, moving up one spot, remaining the highest ranked one loss team in the nation.
7. Oklahoma Sooners, 7-1 – Beat undefeated and probably overhyped Kansas State convincingly, 58-17, as Landry Jones threw five touchdown passes. Moved up four spots.
8. Arkansas Razorbacks, 7-1 – A big fourth quarter comeback put the Hogs over Vanderbilt, barely, with a 31-28, keeping them at 8.
9. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 7-1 – Shut down Michigan State, beating the Spartans 24-3, moving up four spots.
10. South Carolina Gamecocks, 7-1 – An ugly game but another win for SC, beating Tennessee 14-3, moving up four spots after a week of rest.
11. Clemson Tigers, 8-1 – No longer undefeated, dropping from the sixth spot. Lost to ACC rivals Georgia Tech 31-17.
12. Virginia Tech Hokies, 8-1 – Duke gave them quite a scare, but Beamer team beat the Blue Devils 14-3, helped by David Wilson’s 148 yards on the ground, moving them up three spots.
13. Michigan Wolverines, 7-1 – For once, not Robinson got the headlines. Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan beat Purdue 36-14, moving up four spots.
14. Houston Cougars, 8-0 – Played the early game, destroying Rice 73-34. Case Keenum passed for NINE touchdown passes and has a 32-3 TD-INT ratio this year. Houston moved up four spots.
15. Michigan State Spartans, 6-2 – Dropping six spots after their 3-24 loss at Lincoln to Nebraska.
16. Penn State Nittany Lions, 8-1 – Joe Paterno got his 409th win with Penn State waiting till the fourth quarter to score all their 10 points in a 10-7 win over Illinois. Moved up five spots.
17. Kansas State Wildcats, 7-1 – Came back to reality with the 17-58 loss against Oklahoma, falling seven spots.
18. Georgia Bulldogs, 6-2 – The season keeps looking better for the ‘Daws as they beat rivals Florida 24-20, moving up three spots.
19. Wisconsin Badgers, 6-2 – The wrong side of the curve, the Badgers lost for the second time in a row, this time a nail-biter to Ohio State, 33-29, dropping seven spots.
20. Arizona State Sun Devils, 6-2 – The next team to crush Colorado, beating the Buffaloes 48-14, moving up three spots.
21. USC Trojans, 6-2 – Fell a spot after giving Stanford one heck of a fight, eventually losing after triple overtime 48-56.
22. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 7-2 – Back in the rankings after beating Clemson 31-17.
23. Cincinnati Bearcats, 6-1 – Didn’t play, still moved up a spot.
24. West Virginia Mountaineers, 6-2 – Beat Rutgers 41-31 in the snow, moving up a spot.
25. Auburn Tigers, 6-3 – The only three loss team in the Top 25, beating Ole Miss 41-23, with Clint Moseley throwing for four touchdown passes.
Dropped from the rankings – Texas A&M, Texas Tech.